History of Art and Design

From the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era to Mods and Rockers in the 1960s to the present day annual Brighton Festival, Brighton is a vibrant centre for the creative arts, popular culture and heritage with an international reputation.

The University of Brighton plays a major role at the centre of that culture. It is one of the founding and leading institutions for research in Design History with professors who are world authorities and research that includes international design, feminist art curation, self and identity, the photography of scenes of conflict and postcolonial collecting and representation. 

Scholarship at all levels aims to understand local and global societies through the culture of designed objects and environments and the meaning of material things. Together with their students, staff foster an active scholarly environment at Brighton, offering a range of courses from the innovative, career-focussed undergraduate suite to a far-reaching and influential PhD programme. 

Enhanced by significant partnerships, nationally and internationally, notably with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Brighton fosters research within and around its own Design Archives, and provides a scholarly home for ventures such as Screen Archive South East and the Research Collective for Dress and Textile History

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2012 Imperative Teach-In

2012 Imperative Teach-In

Raising the profile of ecological literacy within design education

A Studentâs Guide to the Environmental Use of Glass in Buildings

A Student’s Guide to the Environmental Use of Glass in Buildings

This project utilised advanced computational techniques to visualise glazing and its impact on its environment

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

This small scale research project was designed to respond to the issues raised in the baseline research

Bridging the Gap in Moving Image

Bridging the Gap in Moving Image

Connecting new and traditional technologies for enhanced communication between students, academic and support staff across arts and design

Brockley Primary School

Brockley Primary School

Brockley Primary School in Lewisham became the focal point of a student project

CFAP 99p Exhibition

CFAP 99p Exhibition

An exhibition inspired by the bankruptcy of Woolworths

Co-Working: Exploring the ways teacher-practitioners shape studentsâ learning experience

Co-Working: Exploring the Ways Teacher-Practitioners Shape Students’ Learning Experience

The Co-working project assesses the scale and impact made by design practitioners to Higher Education

Concrete Couch

Concrete Couch

A competition to design and build concrete furniture for an outside area

Creative Recycling of Waste Glass

Creative Recycling of Waste Glass

Contributing to students' creativity and learning by using recycled glass

Design and Traditional Indian Manufacturing

Design and Traditional Indian Manufacturing

Enabling design students to understand differential issues of globalisation and its challenges in a development context

Design Education Book

Design Education Book

A study exploring the projects funded by the CETLD from an ‘outsider’ perspective

Design in the Clinical Environment

Design in the Clinical Environment

This arts/medicine collaborative project explores opportunities for design interventions in the clinical environment

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